KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After students decide to try and ban the Confederate flag from appearing on UT campus, a group decides to protest their right to fly the flag.

The group held a march from the Knox County Courthouse to the UT campus

They said the flag represents heritage and history that should not be taken away or forgotten.  Tom Pierce, one of the march organizers, says seeing people stomp on it and say it should be ripped apart is not right.  He says he and others had to respond to the #DearWhiteUT campaign posted on social media.

“The flag, it represents the south; it represents Dixie land; it represents our culture and everything we (grew up) around.  You listen to country music or blue grass, if you start thinking about it, it represents a wide things in defiance of tyranny,” says Pierce.

Pierce says hearing the Confederate flag represents racism is just an opinion, and it doesn’t bother him.

“There’s people all around the world that think the American flag is a symbol of hate and racism,” he says.

At one point, the demonstration in favor of the Confederate flag was across the street from a rally in support of the protests in Baltimore, also by UT students.  Pierce says this was just a coincidence.